If you’re warming up for Windows 7 RC1 this week â€“ assuming you haven’t already snaffled it from BitTorrent â€“ there’s more than just Microsoft’s multi-gigabyte grab-bag to put into your download queue.
Nvidia’s made a timely release of an update to its beta GPU drivers written for Windows 7 RC1. Stamped as version 185.81 and available in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavours the early buzz is that these are more polished than the previous 185.71 build issued for Windows 7 Beta 1. They also boost gaming performance and overall platform stability.
The drivers are for GeForce 6 7 8 9 100 and 200-series desktop GPUs and support all of Windows 7’s new GPU-accelerated DirectX APIs such as DirectX Compute Direct2D DirectWrite and DXVA-HD.
Update: Nvidia appears to have pulled the pages we linked to in this article so we suggest diving into their dedicated Windows 7 page at http://www.nvidia.com/object/windows_7.html.